Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Catheterizations and Electrophysiology Volume
Why we measure it - Catheterization and electrophysiology procedures are used to diagnose and treat many heart defects and heart rhythm problems. Advancements in cardiac catheterization techniques allow our Herma Heart Center specialists at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee to treat many heart conditions without surgery. Our pediatric cardiologists perform more than 450 catheterizations and electrophysiology studies every year.
Electrophysiology studies the heart's electrical system and is used to diagnose heart rhythm problems. It is also used to access the heart for treatment or correction of certain conditions. Diagnostic procedures we do include trans catheter diagnostic mapping, cryoablation and radio frequency mapping. We also perform many interventional procedures to treat heart problems such as stent placement, blade procedures, ventricular septal defect closures, fistula modification and angioplasty.
Cardiac MRI has replaced the need for catheterization procedures in certain cases, which has caused our catheterization volumes to decrease slightly.
About the data - This graph shows the total number of diagnostic, interventional and electrophysiology procedures that were performed from 2009 to 2012.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Children's Hospital has the state's only pediatric hybrid suite which combines a catheterization lab and an operating room. This setup allows doctors to do catheterizations during a surgical procedure. This saves time, improves outcomes and reduces stress on the patient.
- It's important to our patients and their families that we use the least invasive procedure necessary to treat a heart defect. Children's Hospital leads the way when using trans catheterization to close atrial, ventricular and arterial level defects.
- Patients who undergo cardiac catheterizations usually experience less pain, recover faster and have a shorter hospital stay.
- Our innovative approaches have reduced complication rates when compared with similar pediatric centers around the country.
- Cardiac catheterizations can save patients and families time and money when these procedures can be performed instead of surgery.
Patients and families:
- If you need to schedule or reschedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications your child is taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
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